Today, Keep Your Promises DuPont issued a letter to DuPont CEO Ed Breen criticizing his continued lack of leadership and transparency in failing to disclose C-8 contamination issues in Dordrecht, Holland. A report released yesterday by Dutch regulatory agency RIVM confirmed C-8 contamination originating from DuPont’s plant dating back decades.
The RIVM report states, “People living in the direct neighborhood of the DuPont/Chemours factory in Dordrecht have been exposed to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) by air for many years. It is likely that they have been chronically exposed to higher values of PFOA than the limit value for chronic exposure derived by RIVM.” The report continues, “At such a level of chronic exposure to PFOA, health effects, such as on the liver, cannot be excluded.”
The letter from the Keep Your Promises DuPont Advisory Committee states:
“In light of the news of C-8 contamination in Dordrecht, your company’s failure to disclose and accrue for C-8 liabilities is profoundly disturbing.
We believe that you and your fellow DuPont directors’ fiduciary duties to all DuPont stakeholders, at a minimum, require you to ensure that DuPont properly accrues for these liabilities and provides transparency for all stakeholders.”
Dr. Paul Brooks of Keep Your Promises DuPont added the following statement:
“We are pleased that the government of Holland is recognizing DuPont’s decades-long contamination of the Dordrecht community with C-8, and we expect DuPont to take swift and meaningful action to ameliorate the damage caused by C-8 to the greater Dordrecht community.”
A delegation from Keep Your Promises DuPont will travel to Dordrecht in early April to meet with affected individuals and community leaders in the area.